Speaking at the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit this week, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) says Congress will pass a law to overhaul the U.S. food-safety system by the end of 2010. DeLauro chairs the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.

According to the Reuters article, this would be the first major reform of the system in 50 years. The House passed a food-safety bill last July, but a similar Senate bill has stalled. This reform could be followed by a close look at how meat and poultry are inspected, and that changes may create friction with trade partners.

DeLauro stressed the need to tighten food-safety standards on imported foods, saying, “Trade should never trump public health." The article also notes that the Obama administration has held up three pending U.S. trade deals, insisting the agreements must protect worker rights and the environment.

The  full article is available online.

Source: Reuters